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Superman is a superhero and a member of the Justice League. The exact details of his early superhero career are unknown, but it safe to assume that it is the same as his New Earth counterpart.

Superman and the Justice League were finishing the construction of their new Watchtower, a space fortress that would serve as the Justice League's headquarters. In that moment, Batman tells him that the Metropolis Police Department has just captured Lex Luthor. Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash go to the police station to interrogate Luthor. Using his X-ray vision, Superman discovers that Luthor is in fact from a parallel Earth, as his internal organs are reversed. He combines his X-Ray vision with his telescopic vision and sees the real Luthor is still imprisoned at Stryker's Island.

The Justice League takes Luthor to their Watchtower, where he explains that the Earth he comes from has been conquered by the Crime Syndicate, a villainous analogue of the Justice League. Luthor was the leader of his world's Justice League, but the Syndicate systematically destroyed its members, until only Luthor remained. The only thing keeping the Syndicate in check is the threat of a nuclear response. He has come to the Justice League's Earth to ask them for help in saving his world. At first, Superman has trouble trusting Luthor, but he nevertheless agrees that the League should help him. The other members agree, except for Batmanho argues that the League is spread too thin for the problems of their own world, let alone Luthor's.

Luthor takes the League to his world, arriving at the Justice League's headquarters, which are being ransacked by the Crime Syndicate. After a short brawl, the League steals one of the Syndicate's invisible jets and retreats to the lair of the Jester, the Joker's heroic counterpart. Luthor explains that the Syndicate's leaders have superpowered lieutenants called Made Men that oversee their most important operations. In order to defeat the Syndicate, the League agrees to attack multiple Syndicate operations in teams of two.

Superman and Luthor fly to Metropolis, where they challenge Ultraman (Superman's villanous counterpart) to a fight. Superman and Lex subdue Ultraman and his lieutenant, Mr. Action, an evil analogue of Jimmy Olsen, placing them under arrest. However, Secret Service agents tell them that the President would like to speak with them.

At the White House, President Slade Wilson berates the Justice League for upsetting the Syndicate, but Superman and Lex counter that the Syndicate must be stopped. Even Rose, the President's daughter, agrees with the Justice League. However, Slade believes an all-out war with the Syndicate would cost thousands of lives. He also says that he ordered the release of Ultraman in order to appease the Syndicate. Although they are shocked, the League still refuses to give up.

Later, the League rendezvous with Batman, who has traveled to the Crime Syndicate Earth and captured Superwoman, Wonder Woman's evil analogue. As the League converges at Superwoman's mansion, Batman asks Luthor why did the Crime Syndicate go to the Justice League's dimension, and Luthor replies that while he was on the Justice League's Watchtower, he hid a device; a Quantum Trigger, that was essential to a bomb the Syndicate is building. The bomb is powerful enoguh to destroy Earth, and the Syndicate intends to use it as an equalizer to the nuclear threat. When Superman asks why did Luthor not just destroy the device, Luthor replies that the device is pure energy, therefore, it cannot be destroyed. The League resolves to stop the Syndicate once and for all.

The League infiltrates the Syndicate's headquarters in the moonbase, with a captured Superwoman in tow. Although the League reaches the bomb, the Syndicate discovers them and the League begins battling with each of their evil counterparts of the Syndicate, with Superman battling Ultraman.

However, the fight is interrupted when Owlman (Batman's evil analogue) seizes the completed bomb and flees to another dimension. Owlman's plan is to travel to Earth-Prime, the source of all Earths across the multiverse. If Owlman activates the bomb at Earth-Prime, all Earths that have ever existed will be destroyed, resulting in the end of all life. Batman follows Owlman and manages to stop him. Also, the remaining Crime Syndicate members are arrested by the U.S. Marines, personally led by Slade.

Afterwards, the Justice League returns to their dimension, but not before President Wilson thanks them for saving their world. At the Watchtower, Superman and Batman consider expanding the League with the heroes summoned earlier by Batman to defend the Watchtower from the Syndicate.

Powers

  • Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superman possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
    • Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Superman's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
    • Heat Vision: Superman can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected.
    • Super-Hearing: Superman' hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
    • Enhanced Vision Superman's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
      This umbrella ability includes the following:
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Superman can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living thing.
      • Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
      • X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Superman's can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived - such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans - is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
      • Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
      • Infrared Vision: Superman's can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
    • Flight: Superman is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
    • Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Superman is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Superman is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
    • Superhuman Strength: Superman's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
    • Superhuman Speed: Superman is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
      This also confers:
    • Super-Breath: Superman is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.

Abilities

  • Expert Combatant: In combat situations, Superman makes use of an improvised fighting style that relies on overwhelming force and speed.
  • Indomitable Will: Superman has shown to have a powerful spirit, free of corruption and temptation. Having been raised by a kindly Kansas farmer and his wife, he was taught to protect life and help others. He is very optimistic and never gives up, even when things look bad.

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